Hajipur (SC) will go to the polls on May 7 and Paswan will face sitting JD (U) MP Ramsundar Das and Sanjeev Prasad Tony of Congress. (Agencies)
Later addressing a rally at Hajipur attended by senior state leaders of BJP and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, Paswan launched a scathing attack on the Congress and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
"Congress gave ticket to any Tom, Dick, Harry but denied ticket to its general secretary Shakeel Ahmad as well as former state president Chaudhary Mehboob Kaisar. Kaisar
switched to LJP and we honoured him with ticket from Khagaria," he said.
Defending Narendra Modi, the LJP chief wondered at the rationale behind the verbal attacks on him over Godhra riots time and again when the court had given him a clean chit.
Referring to the Congress role in these attacks, he asked "Why don't they (Congress) talk about Bhagalpur riots or anti-Sikh riots of 1984?"
He also took a potshot at Nitish Kumar and said that it was he who parted with BJP after being in alliance with it for long 17 years and was now trying to 'play the martyr'.
"Why did you (Kumar) not resign as NDA minister when 2002 riots had taken place in Gujarat?" he asked Nitish Kumar.
Nitish, he said, was trying to use special category status issue as a political weapon and Modi has already said that his future government would provide special package and status to Bihar.
Senior BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, CP Thakur, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha addressed the rally and sought support for Paswan.
Hajipur (SC) will go to the polls on May 7 and Paswan will face sitting JD (U) MP Ramsundar Das and Sanjeev Prasad Tony of Congress.